Google SketchUp – Free 3D Design Software Tutorial – Part 1 Beginners

In this HD quality YouTube video tutorial we show you how to use the basic drawing and navigation tools on Google SketchUp Free or Pro version. Learn to use the Move/Copy-, Line draw-, Orbit-, and Push-pull tools. We teach the importance of grouping objects and finally how to save to PNG and to older SketchUp versions for sharing with collaborators owning older versions.

You can download the latest version of Sketchup for free here:

The Pro version is for companies wanting to export high definition 3D to 2D documents through StyleBuilder and LayOut, create video walk-throughs or users that wish to export 3D models to CAD in Stl, Dwg and Dxf formats.

The following people will find this easy to use application very useful:

  • Graphic designers
  • Game designers
  • Architects
  • General contractors
  • Landscape designers
  • 3D printers
  • Furniture designers
  • Small Business Owners

If you are from South Africa we can send you a quotation to buy the latest Pro version and guide you through all the options, which we sell for the same price as quoted online, converted to ZAR. We will ensure that your end user license is also registered with Trimble. Contact us here:

Please support us on Patreon!: Any support would be very helpful. Of course our videos will always be free to watch. Donations would be extremely helpful as we do not yet qualify for monetization. 🙂 Check out our Patreon page for reward Tiers!

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How to still make money with the new YouTube 1000/4000 rules with TubeBuddy

Do any of you have a #YouTube channel? YouTube recently announced that for a channel to qualify for #monetization it needs 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours in the last 12 months by 20 February, 2018. Kind of shocking for those channels that have enjoyed receiving the odd check in the post from YouTube and now will receive: NIL. This has caused a flurry of people wanting likes and joining sub for sub groups or posting sub for sub requests on prominent videos where this practice is encouraged. I’m coming from an entrepreneurial background and for me this does not sound like you’re connecting with the right people. They are not going to watch your content, so even if you get the 1000 subscribers you won’t get 4000 watch hours and therefore you wont meet the YouTube monetization requirements anyway. You need to build a brand that people will respect. Have an input that has value. Developing your channel into something special and building a community should be the main thing on your mind.

After establishing a brand, your goal should be to earn revenue from affiliated programs, not just YouTube ad revenue. #TubeBuddy tracks everyone that clicks, installs and purchases TubeBuddy from your affiliate link. You earn a cut of every dollar they receive from people you refer, every month, forever! But best of all it’s an invaluable tool to analyse the content on your channel so that you can make vast improvements. Sounds good? Then follow these steps:

1. On Chrome log into your YouTube account
2. Open a new tab and go to this link: and install the TubeBuddy plugin (18 Mb)
3. Refresh your YouTube page and link it to TubeBuddy
4. Go to TubeBuddy Home or Account and click on Health Report – and qualify for a free 14-day trial – do the upgrade
5. Create affiliate link and spread the word – make money

Don’t have a YouTube channel? Create one here:

My channel has vastly improved because of TubeBuddy:

Thank you folks – let’s rather build a meaningful YouTube community.

About TubeBuddy

TubeBuddy is a chrome extension you can add to your browser that will allow you to use a variety of tools on YouTube. It is a YouTube certified tool that works by helping you run your channel seamlessly, share your videos on other social media platforms, and allows you to see the analytic data of your videos.

Using the tools can improve your productivity, help with SEO and promotions, and can help you understand the data analysis of your videos.

You can get help through the forums or by listening to the TubeBuddy podcasts that updates weekly and gives helpful advice for your YouTube channel.

Starting at $9 per month, the pricing is set up in three ways to fit you and your channel’s needs. There’s a tool to help you decide your best option if you are unsure.

This video will teach you the basics:

Why I use TubeBuddy

I wanted to use a tool for my YouTube channel to help me with tags, give me a checklist, and allow me to publish on a schedule and to Facebook.

These were the key elements I wanted from a YouTube tool. I got so much more when I learned how to properly use TubeBuddy.

I’m able to see current videos from the TubeBuddy channel, which could help me with my channel, or any issues I’m having. I can view my videos, comments and messages, and so much more.

I continue to use TubeBuddy because it keeps me on track with uploads. I have a solid schedule system with it, and it shows me the analytics per video and for my channel so I can see what works and what doesn’t.

TubeBuddy is a sound investment in my channel and it increased my productivity, uploading schedule, and channel tags that can bring in more viewers.

TubeBuddy Tools for YouTube

There are a lot of tools that TubeBuddy offers, but I don’t have enough time to go over them all. Here are some of them that I will talk about since they are my favorite ones and most-used tools:

  • Keyword/Tag suggestions
  • Video analytics
  • Scheduling
  • Messages and Comments
  • Checklist for Video
  • Thumbnail Creator
  • Syndicate to Facebook

All these tools help me to produce high-quality descriptions, video text, and engage with my audience.

I’ll tell you about them and show you how I use them to my advantage.

Keyword/Tag Suggestions

When you upload a video to YouTube, you may have a few tags in mind as to what your video can be labeled with. Maybe your marketing video will include tags like:

  • marketing
  • digital marketing
  • entrepreneur
  • small business
  • advertisement

Those tags are not enough to make your video one of the 5 billion videos watched that day! You need more tags, and TubeBuddy has a suggestion tool for that.

In the box below the tags box, the Tag Tools by TubeBuddy has many options. Select the Suggest option for a screen to popup.

The Suggested Tags menu pop ups and two columns of information will begin to load: Suggested for Search and Suggested for Related.

The first option: Suggested for Search is when the keyword/tag is search for in YouTube search, such as “solopreneurs wanting marketing success”, which will hit three tags if we were to select them.

The second option: Suggested for Related is geared towards the video that is searched for in keywords being clicked on and the related videos section.

You can also see three dots in a gray circle, and when clicked, it will give more suggestions for that category. The green plus sign is how you can add the tag to your tags box. Lastly, the eyeballtag, and pencil are the search rankings of those specific tags. These tags get added to your post with a click of a button. Remember to save the post.

Video Analytics

The cool bit about the video analytics is that it’s not just for my videos. It’s for any video I watch. These analytics show you all the details about the video so you can take the help and make your videos better.

Some of the categories that make this tool handy are:

  • the summary of the video
  • the views and engagement people have with the video
  • the ability to view the channels analytics
  • to see what tags are top-ranking and how they use them

These videolytics make understanding the data very easy. It automatically pops up on the right-hand side of the video and displays a lot of data.

Looking at the videolytics overview, we can see the summary that shows us the total views compared to the channels average, how many earnings this video has made, and engagement rate of this video.

Next, we can see the views and watch time category that details the views per hour, the duration of the average view, the average % of the video watched, and more.

After that we can move on to engagement where we can see:

  • the like ratio of how many comments
  • the ratio of comments to viewers
  • how many subscribers came from this video link

The SEO part shows the creator suggested tags vs total tags used, the tags in the title and description, and the rating of your ranked tags.

The videolytics even let you see the channel category with the total viewers and subscribers, with the ability to view their channelytics. Lastly, you can see the tags used and at the very top you can compare these analytics to your own video.

Scheduling Content

love scheduling my content because it keeps me ahead of scheduleon point every day, and completes a daily task for me.

I can schedule content months in advance depending on how many video uploads I need to take care of.

Scheduling my videos on TubeBuddy allows me to:

  • work more on other projects until I need to upload more videos.
  • free up some time from uploading daily and work with more clients.
  • gives me the time to engage with commenters and reply to messages.

In your video manager, click on the TB logo to bring up the tools. To the right hand side, you will see Schedule and underneath it will be Scheduled Publish. Clicking on that will bring up this menu:

From here, you can choose the publish date/timeset the privacy (mine always go from unlisted to public), add to a playlist if you want, and set a reminder if necessary. Hit schedule publish and the toll will do the rest. You can see your publishing date and the privacy that will be changed, and then you can close it and know your video will be uploaded.

Finally, if you do forget about your uploads and where you are on your schedule, you can rest easy knowing it’s within clicking distance from your video manager.

At the top of your video manager, you can see the TB button with a calendar next to it. Click it and your schedule will pop up. On the schedule, you can see each video that is scheduled and when. This makes it easy to remember where you’re at on your tasks and how far you’re ahead.

Messages and Comments

I like the ease of having your comments and messages right on your channel page. I always have trouble finding where my messages are and how to get to them, that I often will just forget about them.

don’t have to do that anymore.

With TubeBuddy, it’s in a convenient spot that I can easily go to get my messages and view my comments.

Being able to find my messages and view all my comments in one place is a game changer. I can finally respond to those interested in engaging with me, and my comments are organized and neat I can see every detail.

On your message page, you can see the messages you have, switch between filters, and get to your comments through the Creator Studio sidebar under Community. Want to reply to a message, just click on it.

On your comments page, you can choose the section you want to look at, pick filtershide hidden comments, see who commented when and on what. You can even reply to the comments directly from this page. This makes it very easy to see who you’ve replied to and who you haven’t.


I usually make a hand-written checklist before I finish uploading my video. I make sure to include things like:

  • catchy title
  • quality description
  • tags and keywords
  • the publish date

That’s all I really have for a video checklist, and it’s awful. Having a 10-item list to complete is perfect for me. I can check it off as I go, or what I like to do is to check it off after I finish everything so I can double check my work.

This tool is great to have, and it’s right next to all the text boxes.

This checklist has everything I wrote down and then some. TubeBuddy makes sure to give you the tools that you need for your videos to be successful, how you use them is entirely up to you.

Thumbnail Generator

If you aren’t familiar with making a thumbnail, or the way you’ve been making one is time-consuming, you’ll take comfort in knowing TubeBuddy offers a Thumbnail Generator.

You can make a thumbnail in five stress-free steps:

  1. You will need to upload or edit your video and select the Create Thumbnail button.

  1. The popup with begin the thumbnail making process. It will ask you for the type of background you want to use. You can choose from three options, I will opt for a solid background. Select continue.

  1. You will advance to the next page where you will pick the color of your background/upload an image/pick a still frame. Select continue.

  1. The next part is where you will add in any text, images, shapes, and pick from templates to design your thumbnail. Choose what you want to add in, click add, and then place your text and designs around the background. Select continue.

  1. The last step is to look it over and make sure the preview is what you want. If not, go back and edit the thumbnail, otherwise, click on save & publish.

Syndicate Videos to Facebook

Hands down – this is my favorite part of TubeBuddy.

I really enjoy being able to publish my videos seamlessly to my FB page. TubeBuddy makes it effortless by:

  • it fills in all the details
  • includes my custom thumbnail
  • allows me to publish it when I want
  • takes seconds to complete

First, go to your video and click on the TubeBuddy button and select Publish to Facebook under Syndicate.

Next, all the details will be filled in, and you can choose when to publish before publishing it to your Facebook page.

Being Productive with TubeBuddy

I find that more work gets done when I work with TubeBuddy. TubeBuddy takes care of my uploads according to my schedule and helps me to publish to Facebook as directed.

This frees up time for me to work on other projects and interact with my audience. I enjoy having more time to be productive elsewhere.

If you find that you’re having trouble with finding the right balance between uploading and scheduling on YouTube, maybe you should consider giving TubeBuddy a try.


Simple Biltong Maker

Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Various types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from beef (especially silver side) and game meats to fillets of meat cut into strips following the grain of the muscle, or flat pieces sliced across the grain.

Biltong vs Beef Jerky. Beef Jerky is also a form of dried meat, having its origins in North and South America. Both biltong and beef jerky were created for the same reasons, to preserve excesses of meat and as protein for long journeys. Jerky, in its most basic form, is simply dehydrated meat. It doesn’t have to have any marinade, salt, or other seasonings. All it has to be is dried. Most jerky, however, is marinated in something, be it salt, vinegar, vegetable, or sugar solution, and then seasoned with one or more spices. Jerky can be dehydrated in a smoker, oven, dehydrator, sun dried, or air dried. Biltong is dehydrated as one large chunk or strip of meat, and then sliced into bite-sized pieces. Jerky, on the other hand, is always sliced first, and then dehydrated. Biltong is always made from whole meat. Jerky can be made from either whole meat or ground meat.

The biltong we created was fan dried with a bit of heat from a small convection oven contained inside a filing cabinet converted into to a smoker and temporarily converted into a biltong maker. The biltong was hung from a hook and dried for 24 hours, at around 30°C.

The beef strip we turned into biltong was prepared by a local butchery that even sells a biltong maker for around $35. But hey I already have a smoker and you can’t turn a normal biltong maker into a smoker now can you?! The biltong was pre-doused (not marinated) in vinegar, and rubbed with salt and seasoned with coriander seed and other spices. Part of the fun when eating biltong is cutting it into strips with a sharp but typically small pocket knife straight into the mouth. Good biltong is often judged by the quality of meat and the aged meat flavor. The vinegar and salt ingredients are there primarily to preserve the meat, but they do add to the unique flavor profile of biltong.

To construct either a cold smoker or biltong maker please visit this post first, containing step-by-step instructions ( showing how to convert your old filing cabinet into a smoker. See our video below showing how to construct a biltong maker. Enjoy!


Filing Cabinet Smoker DIY Video

Ever wondered how some butcheries smoke their meat? Build your own cold smoker and experience the thrill of creating your own smoked sausages, chicken fillets, pork ribs, pork belly that can be carved into bacon strips etc; etc.

Place a heating source (in our case carbonized Casuarina wood) into the bottom drawer and some wood chips in a bowl above it. The thermometer (pinched off an old gas barbecue) placed halfway up the side of the cabinet indicated less than 50 deg C / 100 deg Fahrenheit consistently for 3+ hours – perfect for a cold smoke. I think briquettes or a single plate electric stove will work even better🔥

The difference between a cold smoke- and other smoking techniques is vast so do your research and decide what system works best for you as a filing cabinet can be converted into both types. Search YouTube and you’ll find many enthusiasts showing off their smokers. Also visit to see how you can turn your smoker into a biltong maker or visit the video directly here. Happy smoking!


Waste Biomass Beneficiation & Job Creation Solution ~ Vuthisa Biochar Retort

Biomass beneficiation solution: Vuthisa Biochar Retort

The basic Vuthisa Biochar Retort (Kiln Kit) consists of:

  • 4 Main kiln side sections bolted together with 64 x bolt/nut/spring washer assemblies and 128 washers.
  • 4 x Channel Iron air inlets
  • 2 x Collars
  • 1 x Heavy Duty Rounded Flat Lid with Chimney Flange
  • 3 x Open top reconditioned Heavy Duty 55 Gal Barrels and Lids
  • 1 x Clamp & choker chain set
  • 1 x Top Cap
  • 1 x Chimney
  • 1 x 5L Etching High Temp Paint/Primer.
  • 3 x Timber Spars – 4.8 m x 10 cm (last 0.5 m tapered)
  • 1 x Block and Tackle Hoist – Double Purchase
  • 1 x Loose Rope – 3 m
  • 1 x Snatch Block with Rope Grommet
  • 1 x Hoist Rope – 6 m
  • 1 x Rope Grommet for attachment to Block and Tackle
  • 1 x Snatch Hook for hooking drum/barrel handle

Vuthisa Technologies developed Energy Efficient (EE) Emission Reducing (ER) kilns. This innovation is significant in two ways. Firstly, biomass left in-field following harvesting operations emits large quantities of methane and other non-CO2 gases that contribute to global warming due to aerobic digestion. Secondly, the kilns have an after burning technique that reduces the emission of greenhouse gasses by about 80% when compared to open fire or kilns without an after burning system. This was researched by an independent party, Airshed.

What is Biochar? Biochar can be distinguished from charcoal—used mainly as a fuel—in that a primary application is used as a soil amendment (organic fertiliser) with the intention to improve soil functions and to reduce emissions from biomass that would otherwise naturally degrade to greenhouse gases. The Vuthisa retort can also produce charcoal and charcoal fines, but made in a more environmentally friendly manner. The use of the word Biochar in this write-up also refers to charcoal produced in the Vuthisa kiln.

The resultant biochar from renewable biomass is not only a carbon sink but offers benefits in terms of retaining moisture & nutrients and providing habitat for good microorganisms, especially mycorrhizae. There is a great need to move away from fossil energy dependent processes for manufacturing fertilisers. It takes about as much energy to make the nitrogen fertilizer for an acre of corn (150 lbs) as it takes to drive a car 600 miles, because it is made using natural gas and other chemical processes that require energy. Our biochar production process only requires fossil fuel to execute short-hauling and transportation activities of the end product, which will not contain any chemical constituents.

Alternative types of kilns like the “earth kiln” and the “brick and/or cement kilns“ have prohibitive disadvantages for making charcoal and therefore biochar. The earth kiln is very labour intensive and besides that, it pollutes much more as there is no after-burning mechanism or the capability to produce biochar in a bonafide retort system. The brick or cement kilns are relatively expensive, take significant time to construct and are also permanent structures.  The Vuthisa kilns are portable. They can be flat-packed and exported and assembled on site and due to their circular design can be repositioned by rolling it.

Greenhouse gasses are only reduced if the correct kiln is used. In 2001, Pennise et al. conducted research on the emissions from traditional kilns, measuring CH4, CO2, N2O, CO, NO, NOx, PM, PAH and VOC emissions. The global warming potential (GWP) is measured in CO2-equivaltents and various pollutants have a much higher GWP than CO2 itself. Pennise et al. states that products of incomplete combustion (PIC) are most harmful in terms of GWP. Depending on the kiln, the emissions can contain up to 13% of PICs. In the EEP funded pilot project “Vuthisa Biochar Initiative”, emission research was done by the independent South African company “Airshed”. It measured the emissions from the kiln produced by Vuthisa, comparing it to the findings presented by Pennise et al., 2001. The following conclusion was drawn:

“Vuthisa Technologies uses after-burning to reduce emissions. The US EPA states that afterburning is estimated to reduce PM, CO and VOC emissions by at least 80%. PM, CO, CH4, VO and PAH emissions reported include an 80% reduction. The CO2 emission rate includes additional CO2 as a result of the conversion of CO and CH4 (23xGWP). The additional CO2 as a result of the conversion of other organic compounds are assumed to be immaterial.”

Organic waste ferments and primarily emits methane into the open atmosphere. Processing it into charcoal prevents this. Emission composition strongly depends on the material as well as the circumstances like temperature, humidity and availability of oxygen. Vuthisa was assisted by world renowned biochar expert Dr Hugh McLaughlin in determining the kiln size, number of internal retorts to be used, length of flue stack and general operating procedures to achieve good quality biochar. Further to his input John Hofmeyr introduced the trilobe concept (pictured above) to pyrolise small diameter feedstock such as sawdust.

Ultimately the South African Government wants to alleviate poverty by assisting entrepreneurs to employ and train a skilled workforce that can eventually branch out to produce the biochar/charcoal as part of Community Based Organisations and Vuthisa would secure the market. Vuthisa Technologies was registered with the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing SETA and Ngaphakathi Professionals have so far trained 40 course attendees in the art of manufacturing charcoal and Biochar using Vuthisa kilns and received certificates. The kiln has much potential as a potential learning tool.

The market potential for waste management solutions is large. Besides straightforward timber logging and saw mill companies, also agro-residues like cotton stalks, rice husks, peanut shells, sawdust, coffee, tea and floriculture residues as well as invasive aquatic weeds are suitable to turn into charcoal or charcoal dust that can be pressed into charcoal briquettes. In South Africa reside 9,000 maize farmers, 4,000 wine estates and 1,500 sugarcane producers which are only the large scale farms. Further to that there are thousands of tea estates, saw mills, timber companies and various grain and oilseed farms in South Africa. The disposal of this agricultural waste goes at a cost because it has to be transported and also a disposal fee has to be paid. Converting the biomass into charcoal or biochar on the spot is a very attractive option. Due to shortened cycle times (4 to 12 hours) small diameter feedstock (commonly found in landfills) that typically turns to ash in larger kilns and prolonged burns can now successfully be carbonised.

This project has very good replication possibilities. Despite much progress, many Southern African countries, including South Africa, experienced the global economic crisis with a recession looming (Statistics SA, 2014). It has affected economic growth over the last four years, prompting a deceleration in rate of economic growth in South Africa. In our view value adding or processing waste streams into products of high value can lessen that impact. The demand for Biochar and charcoal produced efficiently is certainly growing. We envisage that the following industries (around the world) could benefit from having a simple biochar kiln on site to either utilise the biochar or to sell it: Small subsistence farmers, Commercial farmers, Poultry farmers, Working for Water Implementing Agents, Landfill sites, Sawmills, Tobacco companies and Water Treatment plants to name a few. The latter has special significance. The South African government also has a favourable tax arrangement in place for companies that hire workers to process methane emitting waste.

Additional resources:

  1. The biochar produced in the Vuthisa Biochar Retort have also been tested by Protechnik in South Africa in 2016.The report: ( includes two examples of biochar made inside the Vuthisa kiln namely VTK1 and VTP1. Sample CCC1 is Calgon Carbsorb 40 from Messrs Chemviron Carbon and is a coal-based activated carbon which is used as a standard for comparison of the surface areas. The comparative surface areas are as follows: VTK1 – 71% and VTP1 – 63%, derived from the BET/CO2 values. Active surface area measured by the BET/CO2 procedure is an indicator of biochar’s adsorption capacity. This demonstrates that the adsorption capacity of biochar is not that far off from activated carbon and can come in at a fraction of the cost.
  2. A pilot project was performed by John Todd Ecological Design in April 2015 whereby grey water filtering tree pits were constructed in Langrug, an informal settlement located in South Africa’s Western Cape region to receive water from two of the more successful ad-hoc sewers constructed and maintained by the community. Vuthisa Technologies supplied the Biochar, which is used as a filtration agent. This informal sewer system can in future be improved upon by creating a disposal point which makes best use of the contaminated and nutrient rich greywater. By using this waste-stream to grow a tree, many problems were solved at once: eliminating danger of contact with greywater, generating soil and shade, ‘greening’ the community, and accomplishing separation of greywater and storm water. Over time, soils generated in these tree pits will help to absorb storm water, mitigate erosion and prevent pollution entering the Berg River. A combination of 20 kg Biochar mixed water and activated with worm tea being poured into the tree pit Greywater is then routed to this tree. Apart from greywater filtration a huge variety of synthetic organic contaminants (SOCs) such as pesticides, pharmaceutical residues, fuel compounds, and industrial wastes heavily impact the safety of surface waters collected for drinking in communities around the globe (Blacksmith Institute Report, 2014). Decentralised water treatment plants using biochar to filter the water is a very viable solution. A PDF version of the outcome of this project can be made available on request.
  3. Vuthisa kilns were shortlisted and used in a baseline research study called “Assessment of the potential to produce biochar and its application to South African soils as a mitigation measure” funded by DFID. It can be accessed here: A financial model created by the authors showed that Vuthisa kilns can operate on an IRR of 15% if a wholesale price of 440 EUR/ton can be achieved. The average global wholesale price achieved for Biochar is 1500 EUR/ton.  Component depreciation and CAPEX is included in the above calculation.


Hand operated briquette press – utilizing waste paper and sawdust

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Firewood dependence for cooking in the developing world has resulted in forests being depleted at a rate of 2.5 to 3% per year. It is here in the poorest parts of the world that villagers spend a good portion of their time gathering wood to cook, heat and make charcoal. To counter this dependence on wood, efforts were made in the early 80’s to come up with alternatives. One such alternative being explored was making fuel briquettes from non-woody biomass for cooking. Dr.Bryant and students at the University of Washington in the USA developed a novel low-cost briquette making process using non-woody agricultural residues, ordinary water and a hand-operated wood press.

“Anyone can make briquettes from their own leaves, grass, straw and paper”

The briquette process was simple and could be established in poor rural communities, requiring little technology and very little money. With a small effort villagers could now create their own fuelwood from agricultural residues. To make a briquette, ordinary leaves, grass and straw would be chopped and mashed into a paste. This paste would then be compressed into round cakes and dried. The resulting briquette would be sold as a fuelwood- and charcoal substitute at the local market. In 1994 the Legacy Foundation, USA, picked up on Bryant’s briquette making process and extended the outreach activities. Today, Legacy Foundation’s training and online media services have spread the briquette technology and process into eleven other countries, such as Haiti, Uganda, Mexico, Nepal, Kenya, Mali and Tanzania. The foundation has also released 8 technical/training manuals on all known aspects of briquette making.

Vuthisa acquired the rights to promote and extend this technology into Southern Africa. The Legacy Foundation have now launched their new Ratchet Press to replace the wooden presses and its now manufactured in South Africa.


The Ratchet Press is designed to fold away when being transported and once erected in a few simple steps provides the necessary power to compress sawdust and paper mixed in a wet slurry into medium density fuel briquettes. Using common tools and skills, the Ratchet Press can work for an individual or full time commercial briquette production facility. Though it is compact and portable, it can deliver nearly the same force as their larger Mini Bryant compound level wood press. They have launched 3 Ratchet Press manuals namely; Ratchet Press Construction, -User, and -Marketing manual which explains in detail how to construct (unless an actual press ordered from Vuthisa is preferred) the press, arrange and prepare materials and operate the press successfully.

Watch this demonstration video of our latest Ratchet Press:

Vuthisa have also started manufacturing the Test Briquette Maker (TBM) under license so visit our online shop for prices. Quite a large proportion of people that buy the user manuals never commit themselves to building the actual presses, possibly due to time or money constraints or they lack workshop tools and/or technical know-how. Order this “Press Kit” to get familiarized with the concept behind their hand operated wooden and metal, low-pressure briquetting machines.

“Like” our Facebook Fan Page and receive a FREE PDF download link to the “Test Briquette Maker”:

“The Test Briquette Maker can be built for under $125 (USD) and requires almost no maintenance…”

The Test Briquette Maker can be built for under $125 (USD) and requires almost no maintenance, with only basic drilling and welding (10 cm at most) work required. If you’re looking to attract funding to roll out a program using this technology, this press will be most suitable to that end. As mentioned a FREE download link to the “Test Briquette Maker Construction and User Manual” will be supplied with every manual purchased on this site.

Watch this demonstration video of the Test Briquette Maker:

Also visit our Instagram account for more pictures:

Order the Ratchet press here (minimum order of 2):

For more information on the briquette process and to access their electronic How-To Manuals kindly visit this page:


Biochar production from Vineyard grape waste

We just concluded a successful 3-day Biochar demonstration on two prominent Vineyards in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. See this video of the kiln in action:

Also see our updates on Instagram:

Best results were achieved by bottom-lighting the kiln. We have drawn up a discussion document for applying Biochar to the soil in vineyards and orchards. Contact us to receive a copy or to discuss its merits.

I have been impressed with the Biodynamic farming approach of these two wine estates with their organic farming and incorporating various esoteric concepts.

Herewith some pictures!

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